Much has been made of the England captain’s best position in recent months, but former midfielder turned pundit Eamon Dunphy feels his playing days are all but over.
Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Eamon Dunphy feels that Wayne Rooney will no longer be the Manchester United hero of old, and claims the England captain looks “burnt out”.
Dunphy, who has also been critical of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s performances, insisting the Swede is now too old to perform at the highest level, believes the current crop of United players will struggle to reach the top four, and singled out Wayne Rooney as another player who should no longer make the cut.
“Rooney looks like he’s finally burnt out. He hasn’t been a first choice for Mourinho for a few weeks,” Dunphy told RTE 2fm.
“And he’s never played in his correct position. When Mourinho arrived, one of the first things he said was that Rooney is a goalscorer, a number 10, and that’s where he’ll play.
“And he hasn’t played there at all. I think you can forget Rooney in terms of saving the day for Manchester United. He was a marvellous player, but he’s not going to be that anymore.
“I think they’ve got an awful lot of work to do to get into the top four. I don’t think they will.